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Building on the research strengths of our research partners, SCCS brings together skills and expertise from universities and research institutes across Scotland, the UK and further afield. We carry out strategic and innovative research across the full CCS chain, including capture engineering, CO₂ transportation, storage, CO₂ with enhanced oil recovery and impact analyses. Our researchers are engaged in economic, legal and regulatory studies and consultation work. We also deliver academic qualifications and CPD training to support the development and deployment of CCS at commercial scale.

The menu above links you to more information about the people involved with SCCS, the facilities available for CCS research, our projects and reports and the global CCS map. Below is a summary of research areas in which SCCS is active. More details can be found in our SCCS capabilities brochure.

CO₂ Capture and Power Plant Engineering

  • Evaluation and benchmarking of capture technologies, development of novel technologies
  • Chemical modelling of capture plant and processes
  • Capture-power plant integration modelling
  • Performance, flexibility and power plant economics


  • Impurities testing and modelling - physical properties and phase envelopes
  • Dispersion modelling of leakage scenarios
  • Evaluation of pipeline sensors and measurement systems
  • Techno-economic modelling of capture and transport systems

Storage and Injection

  • Screening and ranking of CO₂ storage sites
  • Full site appraisal, using a combination of field studies, monitoring and laboratory analysis
  • Evaluation of monitoring technologies and techniques – baseline and ongoing monitoring
  • Overburden leakage simulation

CO₂ Utilisation and EOR

  • Core testing and high pressure flow visualisation
  • Reservoir simulation and modelling to assess EOR potential
  • New catalytic methods of conversion of CO₂ into value-added chemicals and fuels
  • CO₂ mineralisation using mineral wastes

Policy, Economics and Environmental and Societal Impact

  • Researching public perceptions of CO₂ storage
  • Public engagement and understanding of CCS
  • Assessment of terrestrial and marine environmental impacts
  • Economic testing of CCS system scenarios
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